Category Archives: Sketchbooks

Poppies

Poppies in a Derbyshire garden. A bit more thought and time than a sketch, less trouble and strife than a finished work. The teeming life – see the snail in one flower, the spider in the other flower and the … Continue reading

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Regent’s Park. Woods, the canal, walkers and giraffes (again).

These are all made on Saturday mornings when one of my sons is playing football. I have around 90 minutes to myself, which is nice. Regent’s Park woods (Changeable weather). Acrylics and pencil. A3.Regent’s Park canal (Sweeping view). Pencil. Two … Continue reading

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Life Drawing. Giraffes.

Giraffes. I’ve always liked drawing them. I used to draw them for other kids around the age of 10 (draw a horse and extend legs and neck, add stubby horns and sometimes a blue-ish long tongue. Now, I have some … Continue reading

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Abstractions

A set of 3, a set of 4. Coloured pencils and pen on recycled paper. A5.Taking an old family photo as a start, these set of 4 sketches got simpler, calmer and more curvy.

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Under the influence of Giotto.

I haven’t done many religious works in my life. After buying a beautiful book on Giotto’s work at Assisi, it seemed the right time to make some studies, to try and work out how he gets the emotional intensity of … Continue reading

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Hands

I’ve been on public transport and find that instead of glaring at people without masks on, I’d rather look at my hands and draw what I see.

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Goats in Clissold Park, Stoke Newington. Plus Ottesa Moshfegh.

Two Goats, Clissold Park, Stoke Newington. Pencils in the grey sketchbook.Clissold park is great for people (and goat) watching. I had 40 minutes in between picking up the children from climbing. The deer and birds were too far away to … Continue reading

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Derbyshire views.

While staying a week in Derbyshire I had enough time to make a few works. In landscape painting I’m trying to make my viewpoint wide the bridge to get the sense of the way the human eye takes in the … Continue reading

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The Grey Sketchbook.

After a cardboard square sketchbook, here’s the new grey, A3 sugar-paper one. Edward with umbrella, pencil and markers. Made when I felt absolutely terrible. It was such a nice composition that I had to scrawl it down. From top left. … Continue reading

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Grey Sketchbook: The Fabrick, or Ashover Rock.

I went up North for a holiday and made this landscape in the Grey A3 Sketchbook.This majestic rock is pronounced ‘The Feybrick’ btw. The rocks around the hill were used as the fabric of the local church, hence the name.The … Continue reading

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Brown sketchbook. The last few pages…

Now, what new sketchbook do I get? Top row: By the Thames making art with Sarah Middle row: Faces and flowersBottom row: Edward and me working through books and legends, Karaoke night More abstract works. The white is heavily textured … Continue reading

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Brown Sketchbook. People and poppies.

All these sketches were made last Sunday, in a dry, bright, poppy strewn garden. Poppies are so vibrant, the simple shapes and intensity of colour please me. Perspective and flower drawings are interesting, how you can suggest depth with the … Continue reading

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Brown Sketchbook. Even more!

These pages are about watching my youngest son learn. One of my favourite studies. The sunlight was blinding. The composition seems to work, there’s enough space, perspective, colours and lines to be interesting. Here’s the other side of the garden, … Continue reading

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The Brown Sketchbook. 4. And more…

Here’s a scary page, after talking to my youngest son about fleas we had a look at Robert Hooke’s brilliant and historically important Micrographica. Some of the art is by my son. The numbers look like interesting numerology but are … Continue reading

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The Brown Sketchbook. 3. More.

Most of these pages have been worked on over a period of weeks or months. The large image is originally from watching 5 nations Rugby (underneath the paper he’s the kicker of the England team). There’s help with homework, kids … Continue reading

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The Brown Sketchbook. 2. People!

I do like drawing people. Most of these people I know very well. The nude was a model from a few years ago.

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Brown paper sketchbook. 1. Doodles!

This is the first batch of images from a nice LP sized sketchbook with brown card pages from CassArt. I’ve been going back to old techniques I used at college, pasting in doodles and making the pages into an abstracted … Continue reading

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Sketches of my family.

A in the sunshine. Acrylic and pencil on paper.This work was about the full on power of the sun and what it does to colour and form. E at work. Acrylic and pencil on brown paper in a sketchbook.My youngest … Continue reading

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Self Portraits 2020.

This canvas I paint over every few years with a self portrait. Good practice, plus, with photography being what it is, there is still a record of the last version. Self portraits usually look a bit odd, an intense stare, … Continue reading

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Ed.

My youngest son has the pleasure of my company as I take him to various lessons. He’s now at home, next to me doing his homework now… Mostly I’m designing on the laptop while he’s learning but sometimes I’ll start … Continue reading

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